Monday, July 26, 2010

Welcome Christmas… Cracked Glass and Texture Unite!

Resurrecting an oldie but goodie, the Cracked Glass Technique! 

Today’s card uses the Cracked Glass Technique, dual Textured Embossing Folders, Shimmer Mist, and the Welcome Christmas Stamp Set from Stampin Up!  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the Basic Black Card stock layer has been sprayed using the Shimmer Mist technique… and it really sparkles with a life of it’s own!

The Brushed Gold Card Stock has been dual embossed using two textured embossing folders… Perfect Polka Dots, and Lattice.  They pair well together, don’t you?  Using the heavier design along the bottom of the card provides an anchor for the otherwise heavy and bulky cracked glass image.

P7200017Welcome Christmas Sharon Field

The focal image was stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Basic Black Classic Ink.  After allowing the semi-permanent Basic Black Classic Ink to dry, Versamark Ink was applied over the entire image… directly to the image with the pad.  A layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder was added, and then heated with a pre-heated heat tool.  Pre-heating the tool provides quick melting action, and lessens the possibility of burning the image. 

Once the image cooled (it gets very, very hot)… A second and third layer of versamark ink and ultra thick embossing powder was added to the image, heating and cooling with each application.

The glass-like image was then popped into the freezer for about 5 or 10 minutes… longer if you become distracted by all the stuff on your stamping desk/table!   Once removed from the freezer, the image is quickly (yet gently) snapped to crack the glass in various places… really cool to demonstrate and teach…

A sponge dauber and soft suede ink were used to cover the entire image and settle somewhat in the cracks… and last, a tissue to remove excess from the image.

I’ve really been having fun with the Welcome Christmas Stamp set.. the silhouette images are too cool.  I’ll be showcasing more cards with this set in the near future!

Stampin Up Supplies Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Welcome Christmas

Card Stock:  Basic Black, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla

Inks:  Soft Suede & Basic Black Classic Ink, Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:  Heat Tool, Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Spritzer Bottle, 5/8” Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots and Lattice Textured Embossing Folder, Rubbing Alcohol

Tomorrow I’m sharing another card made as Guest Designer for Cards & Things Sketch Challenge with Krista… I hope you’ll stop by to see the card… it’s quite different than others’ I’ve posted in the past!  Hope you’ll take some time to play along too!




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Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Fabulous card Sharon! I love the cracked glass and the tip about going back over with a dauber and ink to fill in the cracks is a if only I had room in my freezer to even squeeze a card. Wicket cat keeps trynig to climb in too just to cool off!

Penny Hanuszak said...

This is an awesome card Sharon! Absolutely love the cracked glass technique and it looks stunning combined with the double embossed card stock. TFS!

Hampers said...

Such a wonderful set! I love this card, too - so cheery. I need to get busy!

Kelly said...

Wow, I think this is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! Love your work and your blog!!

Shari Winterstein said...

This is a beautiful card. So simple and elegant. Thanks for blessing my morning!

Gwen Mangelson said...

Love it! Always love this technique!

Donna said...

What a beautiful and classy card! Love this!

Hampers said...

Love the card - and the cracked glass works well, although I dont think I would give it to anybody as I would be scared of them cutting themselves on it.